Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725
ALDER CREEK/CHRISTENSEN, TRAIL CREEK &
SAND LAKE FIRES
September 12 ,2021 – 8:30 a. m.
The Trail Creek Fire Open House is scheduled for Monday, September 13, 2021, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Gibbonville Community Center, Gibbonville, Idaho and Wise River Community Center, Wise River, Montana. The Incident Commander, Operations, Fire Behavior Analyst, and Public Information Officer will be on hand to brief community members and answer questions regarding the Trail Creek Fire. Community members are encouraged to attend.
TRAIL CREEK FIRE:
Construction continues the handline from Forest Service 079 road north along the ridge between Anderson Creek and Smithy Creek to Anderson Mountain. Once completed, crews will use a burn out operation to secure the north side of the fire. In additions, crews will continue to mop up and improve containment lines along Forest Service Road 079 east towards 3 Mile Creek. The structure protection group remains in place and are removing vegetation and debris to decrease fuel load. This is an important tactic to provided structure protection.
Crews will continue to remove hazard trees along Highway 43 for the next few days. Use extreme caution and slow down when traveling in this area. Expect firefighters and equipment near roadways.
ALDER CREEK FIRE:
Hand line construction was completed yesterday, tying Forest Service 039 road to the fires edge. Crews will look for opportunities to use firing operations to secure the line.
On the north side of the fire, crews will continue to work along side dozers to create containment lines from Forest Service 062 road to Saw Log Creek. This will take several operational shifts to complete but once it is done, crews will look to use a back burn to secure this section of the fire.
The structure protection group remains in place near Alder Creek, monitoring and evaluating structures. Crews will remain in the area throughout the evening, monitoring and mopping up any hot spots.
SAND LAKE FIRE:
The fire is established and active, growth is minimal, moving slowly along the side of the mountain. Crews will continue to monitor the fire and evaluate values at risk.
Cooler temperatures will remain with some gusty winds predicted. A dry cold front is expected to pass through the area Wednesday, which will likely bring unfavorable fire conditions, with high winds, higher temperatures, and low relative humidity.
Highway 43 and the Pioneer Scenic Byway are open to through traffic. Watch for increased traffic, school has started in the local communities and hunting season is ongoing. Crews will be removing hazard trees along Highway 43 for the next few days. Use extreme caution and slow down when traveling in this area. Expect firefighters and equipment near roadways. Montana Department of Transportation has scheduled Highway 43 to replace bridges over Trail Creek for September 13th through 16th. The closure will last 24 hours a day (Monday-Thursday). The road is expected to reopen on Friday morning (September 17th).
Portions of the Continental Divide Trail remain closed. The Big Hole National Battlefield is closed until further notice. May Creek Campground is closed.
Closure orders remain in effect on the Salmon-Challis National Forests, the Beaverhead-
Deerlodge National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management. View the updated closure orders on the respective agency websites and the fires' Inciweb pages.
FireInformationonLine: 406 - 624 – 9452 (8 a. m. to 8 p. m.)
Ald er Creek:inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7641/
Email: 2021.a l d e creek @firenet .gov
Facebook: @ A l d e r Creek AndTrailCreek Fir e s